OP: 「少女迷路でつかまえて」 (Shoujo Meiro de Tsukamaete) by 美郷あき (Misato Aki)
On her first day, Aoi Nagisa climbs up Astrea Hill to reach her new school, St. Miatre Academy. On the path leading up, she admires all of the different uniforms (there are actually three schools on Astrea Hill). However, in her rush she accidentally runs down a small hill and into the surrounding woods. She gets lost, but encounters a beautiful girl. This girl hands her the keychain that she dropped, and then leans and kisses Nagisa on the forehead. Nagisa faints and wakes up in the school’s infirmary with a girl named Suzumi Tamao watching over her. She seems to have an interest in Nagisa, and is the one who takes Nagisa’s measurements for her uniform. Tamao, who is in Nagisa’s class, explains that they are fourth-year students here because the school integrates middle and high school. The two other schools are St. Spica Academy to the west and St. Le Rim Academy to the east. St. Spica has the white uniforms while St. Le Rim has the red ones with checkered shirts. Tamao also warns Nagisa that the school locks up after six o’clock at night.
Tamao gets called away, so Nagisa has to return to the dormitory alone. However, she spots the same girl who kissed her earlier and follows this girl into the woods. Unfortunately, she loses sight of her and realizes that it’s almost six o’clock. Nagisa rushes back, but makes it just as the gate closes. One of the sisters (the matrons of the school) has to let her in. She gets disciplined, but is then saved by the student council president of St. Miatre, Rokujou Miyuki. Miyuki mentions the Étoile, who is the leader of the students of all three schools. The three girls head to the dining hall where the buzz is all about the new student. All eyes are thus on Nagisa when she enters. However, Nagisa mistakes one of the upper-classmen as the Étoile, when in fact the real one is standing right behind her. It’s the same girl who kissed her forehead from before – Hanazono Shizuma. Shizuma leans in to kiss Nagisa, but gets interrupted by Miyuki because it’s time to lead the prayer before dinner. After she finishes, Shizuma opens her eyes and winks at Nagisa.
ED: 「秘密ドールズ」 by 中原麻衣 and 清水愛 (Nakahara Mai and Shimizu Ai)
I wasn’t that impressed with either the OP or the ED. The ED sequence, however, is quite unconventional in the sense that it’s not animated; it instead features Nakahara Mai and Shimizu Ai singing and feels more like a PV. It’s something I’d be interested in seeing more of.
Well the first episode of Strawberry Panic! wasn’t quite as yuri as I thought it’d be (ie. no kiss, at least not yet), which is probably a good thing. The theme of girls love is still there, though I found myself laughing more than anything else towards the end of it. Hopefully the large number of characters and voice talent in this show will be able to keep it interesting and make the show something more than just Maria-sama ga Miteru with yuri. The character designs are going to take some getting used to, but overall I liked this episode.